Niger government suspends mining activities after deadly attack at Shiroro mine

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the Niger state government on Monday ordered an immediate suspension of mining activities across the state and directed security agencies to profile mining sites in areas prone to bandit attacks.

The ban came on the heels of last week’s attack on a mine in the state’s Shiroro local government. No fewer than 45 people, including 37 security personnel, were killed by the gunmen during the attack. The gunmen also kidnapped four Chinese workers and some civilians.

State Secretary of Government Ahmed Matane said in a statement that the decision to suspend mining activities in the state was made necessary following the recent increase in insecurity in mining areas.

“Following the bandit attack on a mining site in the village of Ajata Aboki in the Shiroro Local Government Area of ​​Niger State, Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello ordered the immediate suspension of all mining activities in the Local Government Areas. of Shiroro, Munya and Rafi, due to the continuation of the bandits. attacks,” Matane said.

He said the suspension is until further notice.

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“It is observed that these mining sites now attract or even accommodate criminals with potential threats to the safety of life and property.

“The SSG warned that any mining operator caught engaging in mining activities in the aforementioned areas will face the full wrath of the law.

“The state government has ordered security agencies in the state to profile all mining sites in affected local governments in order to determine their authenticity.

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“That government would not reduce pressure on armed bandits, kidnappers, cattle rustlers and other criminal elements until they were expelled from the state,” Matane said in the statement.

He urged the people of the state to be security conscious and report all suspicious characters, movements or objects in their communities to security officers.

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